I have been working remotely by choice for a traditional company for over 5 years now. My transition from a cube to my home was the result of a realization that all of my co-workers were actually located in different offices scattered around the world. I was, effectively, taking up space in the office while working remotely. Since I prefer the comfort, convenience and higher productivity of working from my home, I asked my manager whether working from home would work for him and his response was “as long as you are getting your work done, I don’t care where you are sitting.”
Since my organization is already widely dispersed across multiple offices, we have good collaboration tools in place, and everyone is creative about doing remote collaboration efficiently. It is critical that remote or geographically diverse projects pay attention to communication and keep barriers to communication very low. If that is done, collaboration will be constant, highly focused, efficient and seamlessly integrated into everyone’s day.
I can count the number of times I have been in the office in the past 5 years on my fingers. I can count the times it was necessary from a business perspective on one hand. I am a happy, productive employee who serves in several technical leadership roles alongside my individual technical contributions. Working remotely has not impaired my ability to be any of those things. I can see no reason why this would not scale.